Bit by Bit

Bit by Bit

How Video Games Transformed Our World

Book - 2017
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An acclaimed critic argues that video games are the most vital art form of our time
Video games have seemingly taken over our lives. Whereas gamers once constituted a small and largely male subculture, today 67 percent of American households play video games. The average gamer is now thirty-four years old and spends eight hours each week playing--and there is a 40 percent chance this person is a woman.
In Bit by Bit , Andrew Ervin sets out to understand the explosive popularity of video games. He travels to government laboratories, junk shops, and arcades. He interviews scientists and game designers, both old and young. In charting the material and technological history of video games, from the 1950s to the present, he suggests that their appeal starts and ends with the sense of creativity they instill in gamers. As Ervin argues, games are art because they are beautiful, moving, and even political--and because they turn players into artists themselves.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780465039708
Branch Call Number: 794.809 Erv
Characteristics: viii, 290 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 01, 2018

If you want to read a well-edited and compelling gamer memoir full of meaningful reflections on games and written by a skillful author who is not full of himself and clearly demonstrates a lifetime of legitimate experience pertaining to his topic, I highly recommend Extra Lives by Tom Bissell. If none of that matters to you, then go ahead and read this book at your own peril.

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